Undergraduate Programs




If you study the Classics as an undergraduate at Harvard, you'll become familiar with at least one of the ancient languages, learn how to handle complex evidence, and write persuasively, while acquiring an appreciation for key aspects of the cultural legacy of two of the civilizations that have most shaped the modern world.

Undergraduates may incorporate study of the Classics into their academic program in several ways:

  • Classics as a Concentration (i.e. "major") in one of two tracks
    • Classical Languages and Literatures
    • Classical Civilizations
  • Classics as one half of a Joint Concentration 
    • Joint Concentration in Ancient History (Greek and Roman)
    • with another field as coordinated by the student
  • Classical Civilizations as a Secondary Field (i.e. "minor")
  • Language Citation in either Latin, Ancient Greek, or Modern Greek

Please see the relevant sections for details.

Most of our concentrators pursue non-academic careers; a Classics concentration has proved rewarding for students who have gone on to careers in law, medicine, divinity, journalism, business, and the arts. 

  • Prof. Kathleen Coleman chats with a student after class
  • Undergraduate at the entrance to Smyth Classical Library
  • Prof. Richard Thomas talks to prospective concentrator
  • Prof. David Elmer